Nov 28, 2012 6:00am PST
orchestrated his abuse and death. prosecutors also indicted her husband, sister-in-law and sons. investigators say victims were held in her condo against their will, deprived of food and water and physically abused before they died. in most cases they say relatives of the victims were the ones who carried out the abuse. police have found five bodies. they believe four other people who are listed as missing are connected to this case and likely dead. >>> investigators say sumida's crimes could date back a decade. during that time citizens and police had warning signs but they didn't act. lax law enforcement is partly to blame but so is japanese tendency to respect privacy. earlier i spoke with nhk world's yoichiro tateiwa who is covering this story. yoichiro, how didn't this case come to light? >> it first came up a year ago when a woman fled to a police station and said she had been kidnapped and held against her will. since then the police have found dead bodies in different parts of western japan. investigators say sumida was the mastermind behind the deaths. here is how they say it worked.
Nov 22, 2012 6:00am PST
of living. demonstrators carried signs lambasting a 2011 law that will require salary reductions to cover social security and health benefits. the law is expected to go into effect in 2014, but workers say those costs should remain the government's responsibility. similar prothave been recently held in other cities around the country as workers urge the government to protect them. >>> phuket is an idyllic location in southern thailand has plans to lure a segment of the muslims who make up nearly 25% of the world's population. we have more. >> reporter: eight million travellers a year head to phu t phuket. ♪ >> reporter: one of phuket's annual tourism events shows what the island has to offer guests. visiting is the secretary gener general. he threw his weight behind the plan. >> if we want to cater for all sorts of clients and tourists, we need to be sensitive to their demands. >> more restaurants in phuket serve halal which means perishable. this restaurant said diners can eat in confidence with dishes that have no pork or alcohol. many tourists find the halal signs reassuring. >> i t
Nov 27, 2012 6:00am PST
conditions are notoriously bad and safety laws are weak. >>> refugees from myanmar continue to populate areas across the border in thailand. many are ethnic minorities who fled prosecution. for years, aid organizations have offered support such as medical clinics. but the democratization taking place across the border has created new challenges for care providers. nhk world has visited a clinic for refugees and filed this report. >> reporter: the town of mae sot is located near thailand's western border. refugees from myanmar are said to account for almost half of the town's population. this clinic on the edge of town provides medical supplies to refugees and imgrants from myanmar. the first visit costs just a dollar. they get to see a doctor and receive free medication. >> translator: i don't have much money, so i can't afford other hospitals. >> reporter: she was forced to flee myanmar for protesting against the prosecution of ethnic minorities. she established the clinic 33 years ago to assist other refugees. the clinic employs some 600 medical workers, including nurses, physicians, and gy